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Healthy Fall Dessert: Nikki’s Baked Apples

As it is getting cooler and apples are in season, nothing says fall like a homemade baked apple…or was it apple pie?

A baked apple is far better for you than apple pie and is easier to make, too! Baked apples have a lot less fat and calories than apple pie but still taste great. They are a real crowd pleaser in my house.

An ingredient that gives the dish a little more nutrition is hemp hearts. These little protein, fiber and omega-3 packed beauties can be found at your local health food stores and now Costco. I add them to just about everything…from my cereal in the morning to my desserts at night. They taste great and have great health benefits.

Nikki’s Baked Apples

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples (the green or sour taste best with the mixture but any apple will do)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup raisins or currents
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • a pinch or two of cardamom (optional but great flowery sweet taste)
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or coconut oil

Preheat oven to 375° F. Wash apples.

Core apples—cut a round hole in the top of the apple, all the way around the core, try to leave the bottom intact, scoop out the core and seeds, make the hole about an inch wide (wider if the apples are large). Leave enough of the sides so that it will keep in the goodies that you fill it with.

Mix all dry ingredients together including the pecans and raisins in a mixing bowl.

Place apples in an 8 x 8 in. square baking pan. Add mixture to apples, press down lightly but make sure not to break the apples. Set ¼ of the butter/coconut oil to the top of each apple and place in oven for 30-40 minutes.

Serve warm and enjoy. Let me know what you think or if you have any trouble finding any of the ingredients.

About Nikki Golly

Nicole graduated from ASU, Summa Cum Laude in 2011, with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She learned many things including the proper balance of macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. She also became knowledgeable on the whole process of food digestion and how to analyze the diet of clients. During her time at ASU, she was actively involved in the Student Nutrition Counsel and numerous health-related volunteer programs. Nicole has also spent the last six years working at Hi-Health and currently manages a store at Town & Country Shopping Center. She has excelled in helping her customers find natural and herbal supplements to remedy their varying diseases, disorders, and ailments ranging from problems associated with lifestyle, gender, and even the natural aging process. Some of the common problems Nicole has been faced with over the years have included: digestion, arthritis, weight gain, hormonal imbalance, diabetes and cholesterol, to name a few. These one-on-one experiences and the constant drive and passion to help people have provided the inspiration to better peoples lives. With constant learning and the evolving society in mind, her whole mission is to educate, assist, and empower each of her clients to make the best decisions for a healthier life.

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